Apple to unleash 4.7in iPhone 6 in August, followed by phablet version a month later

Apple is going to launch its new iPhone 6 in August, the rumour mill claims, with a second phablet iPhone to follow in September.

Traditionally, Apple launches its new iPhone(s) in September, and that was expected to be the case this year, but a report in the Economic Daily News of Taiwan (as spotted by Reuters) is claiming that a 4.7in iPhone will pitch up in stores come August. The source was the usual manufacturing supply chain bods, and they didn't say which territories would have the phone on sale at the end of summer (but the US and UK are pretty safe bets).

Apparently the phablet version will then be out in September – this ties in with what we've previously heard, namely that the larger iPhone has hit delays due to complications with the size of the screen and Apple's in-cell display tech. Apparently the screen size of this model will be either 5.5in (as previous speculation has pointed to) or 5.6in, according to the Economic Daily News.

Expect the iPhone rumour mill to really kick into high gear now – yes, we've only been trundling along in third thus far – particularly if the iPhone 6 really is only three months away from appearing on shelves. You can keep an eye on all the latest speculation by bookmarking our iPhone 6 rumour liveblog.

According to another leak earlier this week, the 4.7in handset will boast a curved chassis for a more comfortable hold.

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